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Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships
By Kira Asatryan New World Library
Wanting to feel close to someone is a universal goal. Not everyone achieves it easily as social media, technology, and myths may actually make it harder to do.
The first step is to understand what closeness is and what it really means to you. After all, loneliness is not a character flaw. Understanding that makes the problem easier to handle. The second step is mastering the art of knowing oneself and others on a deeper level.
The third step is mastering the art of caring. For example, understanding how to separate the person from the problem. To do that, see that the individual “is not the same as the problems in the relationship.” Attributing undesirable behaviors to an individual does not make that person those characteristics. Asatryan suggests that separating the person from the problem allows us to go easy on the person and hard on the problem.
Each chapter includes “Questions for Reflections” and “An Exercise to Challenge Yourself” to help readers stretch their skill set.
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